Role: Lead for Preaching and Vision
God has uniquely gifted Lukus to articulate and proclaim God's word in our ministry context. Most recently, he pastored Wichita Falls Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, Texas. Having completed his doctoral work in expository preaching from Dallas Theological Seminary, he brings fourteen years of preaching, teaching, and pastoral ministry experience with him to Salt Lake City. While providing leadership through preaching, teaching, and ministerial team development, he also serves as an industrial chaplain at Hill Air Force Base in Layton, Utah. Lukus has been a reserve chaplain in the U.S. Air Force for almost six years.
Sun, Apr 16, 2017
54 mins 45 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Because He lives believers have hope. In fact, our passage today teaches us we have a living hope. It is more sure than anything we can experience on this earth. You may count on the sun to rise, but because the Son of God did rise, you will have a tomorrow, whether on this side or the other! Make sure you know Christ this Easter. He is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” and no man comes to the Father except through Him. Because of his sacrificial death on the cross, you do not have to suffer punishment for your sins. Because of his powerful resurrection, you can have victory over sins and the promise of eternal life forever in heaven. You may not have an earthly inheritance, but if your hope is in Christ alone, you have an inheritance in heaven that no one can take away from you! You may not have money or lots of friends or more good days than bad, but if your hope is alive in Christ, you will have all eternity to enjoy Jesus. Take heart, Christ has overcome the world! Let your hope be settled today.
Sun, Apr 09, 2017
49 mins 41 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - We think so much about the missionary journeys of Paul, but did you know that Philip had some missionary journeys as well? Acts 8 talks about some of the gospel work this faithful deacon and evangelist was involved in. He preached to crowds in Samaria and many came to Christ. But he also shared the good news with individuals like the Ethiopian eunuch. In our text today we will see how Philip shared the message of the cross with a broken and lonely man and it ended up radically transforming his identity. The cross-work of Christ eclipsed the things that seemed to previously define him, and in Christ he was made new. Grace liberated him from his deficiencies and defects and rooted him firmly in Jesus. May the Lord change each of us today through a comprehensive grasp of Christ’s substitutionary work on the cross.
Sun, Apr 02, 2017
47 mins 54 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - In a time of so many hardships imposed from the outside, Christians cannot afford to squabble with each other on the inside. Now of all times we must be supporting and encouraging one another. In our text this morning, James speaks to people who are enduring suffering, oppression, and injustice. When life is hard, we need to avoid the tendencies of impatience, faint heartedness, and complaining. Instead we need to follow the example of the farmer, the prophets, and Job. We need to be reminded that the Lord is coming and the Lord is loving. So Christian, endure suffering, persevere through difficulty, don’t lose heart! May the Lord teach us, strengthen us, and encourage us together this morning.
Sun, Mar 26, 2017
59 mins 9 secs
Sermon: Lukus Counterman - Being outwardly rich or poor refers to how much of the world’s goods a person has at his or her disposal. Inward wealth or poverty on the other hand, refers to a person’s relationship with God and love for others (or lack thereof). In our text this morning, James rebukes the physically rich who are spiritually poor. He makes four charges against them, condemning their hoarding, their cheating, their selfish living and unfair oppressing stance toward the righteous. Thankfully, James doesn’t leave the reader with bad news - he assures the poor righteous believers who are suffering that the riches of this age are fleeting, but life with God is eternally rewarding. God will set things right in the end. May the Lord teach us how to handle our wealth with our eyes fixed on him.
Sun, Mar 05, 2017
56 mins 33 secs
Sermon: Lukus Counterman - James 4:6 says “He gives more grace…” What comfort there is in this very! It tells us that God is tirelessly on our side. He never falters in respect to our needs. He always has more grace at hand for us. He is never less than sufficient, but rather more than enough. His resources are never at an end. His patience is never exhausted. His initiative never stops. His generosity knows no limit: he gives more grace! But his grace is appropriated to the humble. God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. So what does this humility look like? It looks like active submission to God, fierce resistance toward Satan, a hot pursuit of heavenly fellowship, a holistic cleansing of heart and hands, a serious grieving over sin and a falling down before a high and holy God. This kind of humility lowers a person into the perfect spot to receive grace. Grace runs down like water to low spots - hearts that have been humbled before the Lord. May we find our place on our knees before the Lord and may we receive the grace this morning that we desperately need.
Sun, Feb 26, 2017
54 mins 30 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - James 4:1-6 presents a key problem that can exist even amongst the people of God. They still fight with each other - maybe in the home, at work, or even in the church. Where does this come from? James raises and answers his own question - from the lustful desires that remain part of humanity’s fallen nature, even after redemption. These desires regularly attach themselves to what people do not already possess, leading to all kinds of quarrels - from verbal assaults to literal warfare. So, where do fights and quarrels come from? They emerge from conflicting passions and rivaling affections in our hearts. So, James calls us to run to God’s over-abounding grace - “he gives more grace.” May the Lord help us to run to his throne grace this morning to find help in our time of need.
Sun, Feb 19, 2017
58 mins 33 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - James establishes the existence of two kinds of wisdom: one from above, the heavenly, and the other from below, the demonic. He takes time in (James 3:13-18) to describe the characteristics, sources, and fruit of each of these types of wisdom. Today we will be examining wisdom from below, and we will discover that where such pollution of the soul exists, there is disorder and vile practice soon to follow. When we see jealousy or selfish ambition, we should be on the watch for earthly wisdom. In those moments we must repent and run to Christ who is the wisdom of God. We must ask him for wisdom from above so that we can live a life that pleases Him. May the Lord help us to seek him and His wisdom for life.
Sun, Feb 12, 2017
52 mins 52 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - James 3:13-18 continues to unpack the second major theme of the letter - wisdom and speech. The theme of wisdom first appeared in James 1:5-8 and then again in James 1:19-26. In our present context, James is explaining that by their good conduct, Christians should demonstrate heavenly rather than worldly wisdom. Specifically they should exhibit purity and peacefulness rather than jealousy and strife. When we fight for power in Christian circles, evil establishes a foothold. When we operate with worldly values, seeking our own honor and status, we even offer Satan an entrance into the house of God. May the Lord protect us, and teach us to live with wisdom from above.
Sun, Feb 05, 2017
51 mins 22 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Ask what James 3 is about and there is only one possible answer: the tongue. The control of one’s speech is one of the tests of true religion that James mentions at the end of chapter one. Believers must control their speech because the tongue has an influence on life for good and bad that is all out of proportion to its size. As we continue to look at this chapter, James explains the nature of the tongue - it is puny but powerful, it is humanly untamable, and it is shamefully inconsistent. If no man can tame the tongue, we are left without hope unless there is someone greater than a mere man who can intervene. Our hope is in Christ - the one who changes hearts and changes tongues. May the Lord help us to receive his word with meekness such that our hearts and mouths are changed.
Sun, Jan 22, 2017
48 mins 16 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - The latter half of James 2 is the best-known part of the letter because at points it appears to directly contradict the teaching of Paul that believers are justified by faith apart from works. Upon closer examination however, we can discover that the apparent contradiction is superficial and results from Paul and James having different concerns, different backgrounds, and different audiences with different problems. The fact of the matter is that faith is no less important to James than it is to Paul, and it is precisely because faith is so important to James that he harshly condemns a false variety of it. What we will discover this morning is that James never condemns faith, but rather the hypocritical variety of it that fails to produce righteous behavior, thereby indicating that it is a brand of faith that is actually dead. May the Lord help us to understand the relationship between faith, works, and salvation as we seek to rightly divide the word of truth.